Patient Bill of Rights for Integrative Cancer Care

Dr. Jeff

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Hi @everyone-

I came across this wonderful document when doing research on the scientific basis of therapeutic touch.

Wouldn't it be great if all doctors (human and vet) integrated them into practice:

Patient Bill of Rights

As an individual, you have:

  • The right to person-centered care.
  • The right to receive health care that addresses the wholeness of who you are— body, mind and spirit in the context of community.
  • The right to a health care system that focuses on prevention and wellness.
  • The right to be empowered as the responsible, central actor in your own healing.
  • The right to education about self-care that includes access to scientifically- based nutrition, exercise and mind-body interventions.
  • The right to a healing relationship with your health care provider that is grounded in humanism, compassion and caring.
  • The right to speak openly and honestly with your health care providers and in return, to experience honest and supportive communications from all members of the health care community.
  • The right to a health care environment that recognizes that to be healing and empowering, health care providers themselves must seek to be restored and whole.
  • The right to embrace the spiritual dimension in the context of your health care.
  • The right to health care providers who understand that integrity and spiritual qualities are as important as medical knowledge and technical skills in the process of healing.
  • The right to a truly integrative medicine that is supported by rigorous scientific research, maintains the highest standards of excellence, and offers a full and complete array of care modalities.
  • The right to healing even when there is no cure.
  • The right to be whole.

These wonderful patient rights also apply to pets. Here's the collaborative of integrative doctors, mainly oncologists, that came up with them:

 

JoanD

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Thanks for this, Dr. Jeff. It's important. I remember Duke University Hospital as something completely different and would be hard pressed to trust them with issues other than emergency care. How do they move ahead in a more holistic way? Maybe the Bravewell Collaborative will be the change we are hoping for in the world of medicine.
 

Dr. Jeff

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I sure hope you're right, Joan. :thumbsup:
 

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